Garmin Nuvifone gets FCC approval

The Garmin Nuvifone may be getting one step closer to reality, as it recently got FCC approval and is being tested on 3G bands for North America. The device is being tested on 1900 MHz and 850 MHz bands, but there is currently no word on whether it will be paired with a specific U.S. carrier.

The long-awaited touchscreen device, which Garmin announced in January but then said was delayed until early 2009, is supposed to combine smartphone technology, mobile web browsing and Garmin's personal navigation tools. There were rumors this spring that Garmin and AT&T Mobility were considering a $500 price point for device plus a two-year contract and $19.99-a-month unlimited data and GPS plan. That rumored plan has not become a reality--yet. 

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